AGREEMENTS / CONTENTS
The company has signed a first-look deal with global megastar Eugenio Derbez and 3Pas Studios, run by Derbez and producing partner Ben Odell.
Under the agreement, Univision will have the first look at all Spanish-language television and theatrical motion picture projects controlled by 3Pas Studios and Derbez, including movies and series for SVOD (subscription video-on-demand) or theatrical releases. Univision will launch a unified global streaming service, including a new premium subscription (SVOD) and an expanded free advertising-supported (AVOD) tier in 2022 to become the home to the most extensive offering of originally produced Spanish-language content in the world. More details for the service will be announced following the close of the Televisa-Univision merger.
Derbez and 3Pas Studios will develop and produce world-class Spanish-language content across different genres and age groups for Univision’s SVOD platform, including projects as possible Derbez starring vehicles. In addition, the renowned actor, comedian, and filmmaker will serve as a subject-matter expert to develop and acquire the best Spanish-language, authentic, family-friendly content for the new “Derbez Channel” which will initially launch in Latin America, on Univision’s streaming platform’s AVOD tier.
“Eugenio is a globally celebrated content creator whose vision and passion for storytelling are unmatched. We’re delighted to partner with him and 3Pas Studios on this first-look deal that will allow Univision to offer even more of the world-class, premium content that global Spanish-language audiences of all ages crave,” said Pierluigi Gazzolo, President and Chief Transformation Officer at Univision. “This partnership is a testament to how we are doubling down on our commitment to building the best and largest Spanish-language streaming service in the world, one that will be the home to top-level creative Spanish-Language talent.”
Eugenio Derbez said: “I love (Univision CEO) Wade Davis’s and Pierluigi Gazzolo’s vision for this platform. It’s about time that our audience has consistent high-quality content to consume in Spanish. I can’t wait to roll up our sleeves and get to work!”
Producing partner Ben Odell added: “Eugenio and I have spent the last seven years building a brand that delivers high quality entertainment for multi-generational audiences. With this new platform, we have the wherewithal to ramp up our content output and reach the widest audience possible for our Spanish language business.”
Derbez joins a roster of globally recognized and award-winning producers, creators, and writers with deals at Univision, including best-selling author Maria Dueñas, critically-acclaimed director Santiago Limon, and Nobel Literature Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa.